A late rally fell short for the Milwaukee Brewers, who fell 4-3 to the Chicago Cubs in their series opener on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
Pinch hitter Ryan Braun’s two-run double in the 8th inning drew the Brewers to within a run, but they would get no closer. Aaron Hill’s deep drive to left fell just short of the wall for the final out.
Manager Craig Counsell said it was tough to score on a night with the temperatures around 40, strong winds blowing in, and players on both teams wearing stocking caps and ski masks to stay warm.
The Cubs took the lead for good in the sixth when Addison Russell hit a two run triple that broke a 1-1 tie.
Jimmy Nelson gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings for the loss. He fell to 3-2. Adam Warren got the win in relief for the Cubs while Hector Rendon picked up his fourth save.
Jake Arietta (4-0) faces Taylor Jungmann (0-3) in the pitching matchup in game two of the series tonight.